Salvador Sanchez arrived and vanished
Only twenty-three with so much speed
Owning the highway

Mexico City bred so many
But none quite like him sweet warrior
Pure magic matador

Pancho Villa would never rest
'Til 1925 he closed his eyes
'Til Manilla stars would rise

Gozo of the Philippines, choirs and angels sing
Ukulele strings play for his legend
Italy had a king

How have they gone
Fell by leather
So alone
Bound together

Benny "kid" Paret came a good way
Climbed to the grey sky to raise his hands
Stopped by the better man

Eyes of Los Rios cry for suns
Lost on distant shores, unforeseen horrors
Struck and delivered him

How have they gone
Fell by leather
So alone
Bound together

Why have they gone
Fell by leather
So alone
All bound together

Lyrics submitted by sethbrown, edited by Drevenant

Salvador Sanchez Lyrics as written by Mark Edward Kozelek

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  • +3
    General CommentSo here's some info on those boxers in the song.

    Salvador was an amazing boxer who consistently beat better boxers. He died in a car crash in '82
    Pancho Villa had an ulcerated tooth going into a fight, the morning of he had it pulled and was told not to fight, but he did. Villa spent most of the fight using one hand to protect his face and lost. A few days later he went to get his tooth checked and they found three more infected, so they pulled them and told him to take it easy, he instead went around town drinking and a few days later ended up in the hospital and died at 24 years old.
    Benny Paret fought Emile Griffith and during the sixth round took a massive pummeling he never recovered from he slipped into a coma and ten days later died. Because of that Boxing wasn’t shown on network TV for 10 years

    Truth be told I think its better acoustic, gets the full weight of the song
    OdinUSMCon February 13, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBeen listening to this album a lot lately. What a great tribute to fallen boxers and busted psyches. Who can't relate to this?
    tshart630on December 31, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA-fucking-men. Jesus, I get lost in this song every time.
    prollydajalopyon September 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCead1 has it dead on.

    Ghosts of the Philippines
    Choirs and angels sing
    Ukelele strings play for his legend
    Iloilo King

    and then

    Eyes of Las Villas cry for sons
    lost on distant shores; unforeseen horrors
    Struck and delivered him.

    Thats the song ladies and gentlemen, mystery solved
    sideshowon July 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust a phenomenal song. Until I heard this song, I did not think it was possible for anyone to out-do Neil Young & Crazy Horse at this type of grinding, groaning guitar music. But Kozelek and Co have done it. And Neil is my all-time favorite artist.

    But SKM's GHOSTS OF THE GREAT HIGHWAY is my all-time favorite album. Truly stunning.
    Rickveeon February 23, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMagnificent. It's too tied in with the specific sports theme to ring with metaphors of romantic loves and losses, but I think the topic is really just the bones for the guitar work to raise it to a mythic level; hear those guitars grind, groan, creak and ache the stories of these deceased, valiant young men.

    Kozelek, you are a fucking genius.
    PhiloMathon August 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentepic.
    thesableantelopeon January 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmmm

    Eyes of Los Rios cry for suns
    Lost on distant shores, unforeseen horrors
    Struck and delivered him

    I don't get it. Los Rios is in Ecuador. Neither Paret or Griffith (the boxer who killed him) were from Ecuador. Distant Shores? So confused...any ideas?
    OdinUSMCon November 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    MemoryReminded so much of Nick Drake, who was ahead of his time. This is a perpetuation of his beautiful melodies and the sadness of ephemeral life.
    tsongkhapaon May 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits tough to digest the fact that this guy can write absolutely about anything and with his voice make it sound so profound.
    ramonzuritaon February 03, 2011   Link

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